Who: Miami Dolphins vs. Tennessee Titans at Hard Rock Stadium
When: Sunday 1 p.m. Eastern
Spread: Titans by 1 (Courtesy Vegasinsider.com)
Why to watch:
The return of Ryan Tannehill
Ever since the re-injury of his ACL in training camp 2017, Miami has had to play the “what if game” about whether Ryan Tannehill can still lead the Dolphins too good, if not great, things? The first step in that is today at home against the Tennessee.
Tannehill is back fully healthy and has some talent around him. We at F.F.I. are curious to see his mobility/desire to run out of the pocket. After all, that’s part of how he got hurt in the first place.
It’s only one game, but Tannehill can we establish immediately, that he’s the leader the Dolphins need and have been missing headed into 2018.
Get ready for the Titans 1-2 backfield punch
Tennessee faces a formidable challenge for the Fins Sunday and specifically, with their quarterback – running back combination. The Titans boast Heisman-winning QB Marcus Mariota and fellow winner, running back Derrick Henry.
It’s a new coaching staff and an upgraded offense more suitable to Mariota’s style & mobility. And for Henry, he will now be the feature back including cherries inside the red zone and the goal line. Henry shared time of year ago with veteran DeMarco Murray and had 744 yards and five touchdowns.
Tennessee will try to establish him early and often.
For what it’s worth, the Dolphins run defense was not very good during the preseason, and better sure things up in a hurry on the Hard Rock Stadium turf Sunday.
Finally, lots of new Miami faces
Dolphins fans everywhere are eager to see what’s some new but familiar faces can do in the aqua and orange. Starting with Veteran running back Frank Gore, who will make his debut with his hometown team this afternoon. Gore who’s turned 35 this off season, brings a veteran presence to the Miami backfield. And, let’s see how much coach Adam Gase will utilize him in the opener.
Veteran receiver Danny Amendola is now in the mix along with fellow free agent speedster Albert Wilson and they provide new targets for Tannehill.
It’s also the debut for big athletic rookie tight end Mike Gesicki and also first round pick Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick on Sunday.
And don’t forget about the guy that may be the biggest offseason acquisition, DE Robert Quinn. Having gotten him from the Rams and a trade in March, he’s looked fantastic in August. Let’s see if he is able to wreak some havoc against Mariota and the Titans.
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